Edward Estlin Cummings

(14 October 1894 - 3 September 1962 / Boston / United States)

Edward Estlin Cummings
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Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as e. e. cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, an autobiographical novel, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry, as well as one of the most popular.

Birth and early years

Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894 to Edward and Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings. He was named after his father but his family called him... more »

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  • Gold Star - 8,001 Points Frank Avon (10/28/2014 3:37:00 AM)

    Here's another of my favorite poets (one of my very favorites among the Modernists) , for whom I have not as yet listed a favorite poem - because of copyright restrictions and because some of his best are not included in the PH list; e.g., 'pity this busy monster, manunkind, ' 'i thank You God for most this amazing, ' 'maggie and milly and molly and mae, ' 'in Just..., ' 'Buffalo Bill's, ' 'next to of course god america i, ' 'anyone lived in a pretty how town, ' and many, many others - even the perfectly obscene and perfectly amusing 'the way to hump a cow is not.' Or if you want a bit of political activism with your dingy(if not dirty) humor, you might try 'F is for foetus(a, ' For example, '(and the wholly babble open at / blessed are the peacemakers'; or '.......it's / freedom from freedom / the common man wants.' This may not be my favorite cummings poem, but those are some of my favorite cummings lines.

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Best Poem of Edward Estlin Cummings

I Carry Your Heart With Me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul ...

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